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The Life Cycle Of The Bed Bug


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Bedbugs... nasty beings... feeding off from us. Even if you think you don't think you'll need this info, It's always better to know a little more about them, in order to be prepared. Just in case, don't you think?

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The Life Cycle Of The Bed Bug

  1. 1. The Life Cycle Of The Bed BugLike all animals, the life cycle of the bed bug is a very normal thing. They are born,grow and live. But, as those that are trying to get rid of a bed beg will tell you, it isvery important for you to have an understanding of what this lifecycle is so that youcan better handle your infestation problem.It is unlikely that you will actually learn when your first infestation happened. This isunless you know exactly where they came from. But, if you assume the time framefrom which the first infestation came, you can get a better idea of just how potentiallylarge your infestation actually is.Size Matters?When it comes to learning the size of the infestation that you have, you will want totry to get an estimate. This will help you to get a good handle on what exactly youcan do about it. While it may upset you to learn how large your infestation really is,knowing can be the first step to getting rid of them.Why The Lifecycle MattersWe are going to touch on the basics of the life cycle of the bed bug. We do this sothat you have a better understanding of where they are within your home. By takingthe time to learn where the bed bugs are in their cycle, you can provide theappropriate treatment to get rid of them.The Life Cycle Of The Bed Bug: Broken DownThe female bed bug is the main focus from the start. She will lay up to twelve eggsper day! While it may only be one egg, it can be as many as a dozen.She will place these eggs in a specific location and generally it will have the samecharacteristics. It is usually a rough type of surface. Or, she may place them into asmall crack or groove that she finds.She can place them on any rough surface because of the coating that is on them. It issticky and will pretty much stick to anything.It can take from six days to seventeen days for the eggs to hatch.The baby bed bugs are called nymphs. Their first order of business is to feed. In fact,they are able to feed from a host right after being hatched.They need to find their first meal quickly as this blood meal is needed for theirdevelopment. They will molt after their first blood meal.They will go through a total of five cycles of molting before they will reach theiradult size.In most cases, from start to finish, the egg will go from being a small egg to being afull grown adult in as little as 21 days.Temperature MattersOne thing to take note of when looking at the life cycle of a bed bug is thetemperature in the area. In order for the egg to hatch, the nymph to molt and for thebed bug to grow, the right temperature must be met. This temperature needs to bebetween 65 degrees and 86 degrees.
  2. 2. If the temperature is not met, the maturity of the bed bug is usually delayed. If thetemperature is at 86 degrees, the bed bug will mature in about 21 days. If thetemperature is that of close to 65 degrees, it can take as long as 120 days for thematurity of a bed bug to actually happen.FoodFrom the time that the egg hatches, the main goal of the nymph will be to find food.It needs a blood meal in order to grow and to receive its first molting session. Fromthe time it hatches until it reaches adulthood, it needs to molt at least 5 times. Yet, itcan not do this without the right amount of food.Again, this period of nymph will likely be elongated if there is not enough food toprovide the necessary growth and molting periods for the bed bug. The time that ittakes for the nymph to reach maturity has a direct relation to the amount of food thatit has.How Long They LiveUnfortunately for the human population, the bed bug is likely to make it through itsnymph period and into adulthood.One reason for this is as simple as the fact that they can live several months withouteating any food at all. While they like to feed every five to ten days, they can surviveseveral months without any food whatsoever.Once they reach their adulthood, the female bed bug will begin to reproduce.Once they reach their adult life, the bed bug is likely to live between a year to a yearand a half. This is dependant upon on how much food they receive.Finally, the bed bug can produce eggs at least three times per year. More often is alsocommon.When you factor these things together, you can see just how large an infestation canbe when it has just occurred only a few months before.Learn More At...Preventing bed bugs